You have to look for the Mac's model identifier, and the 7,2 at the end shows the models this will work on the page you link to. Many of us sadly have other versions of MBPs from 2010, mine is a 15" i7 2.66 but a 6,2 and I can attest top the fact the 16 GIG upgrdae does not work. In safe mode it seems to but normal booting produces a kernel panic. I keep checking this post to see if there has been a break through but I suspect it won't happen.
My MacbookPro7,1 2.66GHz (mid-2010 13") fails to start up when two paired 8gb pc3-8500 pieces of RAM are inserted. During bootup, the computer simply becomes unresponsive, displaying only the normal startup screen (grey background with white apple in center), and though it may start with a moving scroll wheel, the wheel either disappears, stops moving, or becomes oddly pixelated after a few seconds. I have left the computer thrice times for 4+ hours each, and the computer never moves past this.
I have, btw, also inserted a pair of faulty 4gb pieces, and the bios simply responds back to me by beeping and flashing the light in front. I have confirmed that this particular experiment refers to the RAM by placing them into my 17" 2.8GHz mid-2009 MBP and received the same response: beeping and flashing of front-light.
I had looked elsewhere before I made my own purchase, and saw that the 2.66GHz had not really been referred to, which led to my gambling. My gamble, however, did not pay off. It may for you <shrug>
So I have a Mid 2010 i7 2.66ghz 15" macbook Pro. I've been thinking about the following:
1) Corsair CMSO16GX3M2A1333C9 Laptop Memory 16GB 1333MHz C9 DDR3 So-Dimm Kit
2) Thaiphoon Burner with a USB windows xp stick boot to use the software. http://www.softnology.biz/tips_macbookpro.html
This is the primary blog that I'm using as evidence for this option: http://blog.nu42.com/2013/02/mid-2010-macbook-pro-71-with-16-gb-ddr3.html
It sounds like everyone who has tried this is getting KP errors because the graphics cards can't handle the 8GB chips even if they have been modified to the correct speed (ie, DDR3-1066MHz PC3-8500 for me).
Have I understood the current problem? Because from the blog above it shows the macbook working with 16gb ram, but I'm just not sure if that's temporary before an eventual KP.
That blog specifically states it is MBP 7,1.
Mid 2010 MacBook Pro 7,1 with 16 GB DDR3 1333 (PC3-10600) RAM"
Many are different from mid 2010. I have a 15" mid 2010 i7 266 and my MBP's identifier is 6,2 and I can assure you the 16 GIGs curently won't work on mine. It seems to be the same model you have. Look in your system profile for the identifier.
Apparently, it's not a matter of the Mid 2010 but rather "who" makes it. Some RAM will not work.
There is a guy on YouTube who uses it regularly ... (his handle: mi16T)
He says you have to get the 2 - 8GB RAM chips from OWC (Other World Computing) at MacSales.com to make it run. His system, once done, runs very very well. (he has a video to prove it - realtime) It cost him about $100 bucks plus shipping.
Published on Jan 14, 2013
There is no 8gb ram limitation! As long as you get ram that is brand name and spec matched, even the 2010 model will support 16gb with GREAT speed gains!
If any of you happens to prove this wrong before I get the upgrade, please let me know ...
I don't think you'll find this a problem. It should work fine.
Here's another guy who also upgraded to 16GB of RAM ...
Incorrect statement regarding "who" makes the RAM. It is not a matter of the manufacturer, or that a laptop is from 2010 (as the 2010 13" 2.66ghz does not support it), but rather there is a distribution of Apple products that will work with 2 sticks of 8gb RAM:
The first video you linked is of a mid-2010 13" 2.4GHz, which nobody has argued can not support 16gb. In fact, on the OWC "macsales.com" website, you will see that they explicitly show the 16gb kit working with that laptop.
The second video you linked shows a "late 2011" (october 2011 release date) 2.2GHz i7 (MacBookPro8,2). This is also prominently displayed on the OWC website as working with a 16gb kit.
This forum thread appears to be discussing the possibility of getting *other* laptops to work with the 16gb kits, not the ones that OWC has already confirmed as working.
Hope that helps everyone else as well...
So If I searched OWC based on my Macbook Pro (7.1 Mid 2010 2.66Ghz) I can see the 16GB kit listed as compatible.
I bit the bullet and ordered the kit. I'm currently running 10.7.4, but I plan on clean installing 10.8.3. The RAM should arrive in a few weeks so i'll check back in with the results. Fingers crossed.
I've been following the discussion and just wanted to chime back in re: the 2.4 vs 2.66 Ghz discussion ...
I called OWC and ordered the 16 gb (2 x 8gb) kit of 1067 MHz DDR3
I run a Mid2010 13" MacBook Pro with the NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256 MB
The machine is a MacBook Pro 7,1
My software is an up-to-date OS X 10.8.3
I have been running 16gb of RAM with no problems for several months. It was worth every penny.
Cheers and good luck to my fellow upgraders!
-C in St. Louis
16 gb ram upgrade works in the mid 2010 MBPP 13"; this is confirmed.
The problem, which we have requested Apple to look into, is that the 15" and 17" models are not upgradeable due to an issue related to their two video processors.
Trying to use them in todays environment without the 16 gb upgrade is difficult, but the computers are not old enough to warrant replacement, when only a firmware re-write seems to be standing in the way.